MARTA driver accused of raping disabled passenger


Xavier Winfrey, a bus driver on the MARTA Mobility bus line, designated exclusively for passengers with severe disabilities, is allegedly responsible for multiple unlawful acts, including sexual battery, rape, sodomy, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, abuse and exploitation of a disabled person, while on duty as a MARTA bus driver. Glenda Hatchett, former chief judge of […]

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Deal’s school rescue plan receives mixed reviews

Rep. Christian Coomer addresses the board regarding Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to create an opportunity school district in Georgia received a mediocre reception when introduced at the March 18 Georgia House of Representatives education committee hearing. If approved, the bill would allow the state to take over up to 100 schools that failed to meet performance targets three years in a row. […]

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Brookhaven celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting


March 20 is Arbor Day in Georgia, and Brookhaven officials celebrated by transplanting a tree in Blackburn Park. Native Tree LLC transplanted an American holly tree from Brookhaven Forest subdivision to the park, and Patrick Fisher of Native Tree demonstrated how larger existing trees are spade and moved. “I got involved with [Brookhaven resident] Mike […]

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Lithonia tops Stone Mountain to claim first win

Lithonia won its first game after beating Stone Mountain 10-5. Photos by Carla Parker

It took the last inning for the Lithonia Bulldogs to break a tie and win their first game of the season. Lithonia was tied with Stone Mountain 5-5 heading into the seventh inning, when the Bulldogs scored five runs in the final inning to roll to a 10-5 win. Lithonia coach Samuel Marion said the […]

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Tucker sweeps middle school track championships

Tucker boys won their second consecutive title. Photo by Carla Parker

Tucker Middle School will have bragging rights for the next 12 months after winning both the girls and boys DeKalb County Middle School Track and Field Championships on March 23. Tucker boys are back-to-back champions after scoring 77 points, outscoring runner up Champion Middle, which scored 59 points. Cedar Grove came in third with 50 […]

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Retirees ask ‘where do we go from here?’


Americans now have a wide range of choices as to where they will live in their retirement years and some of the choices they are making may be surprising, according to a recent Merrill Lynch study conducted in partnership with Age Wave, Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices. The study indicates that most Americans […]

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OPINION: Many boys feel like prisoners in school


My first-grade grandson has told me several times that he hates school. He is a nice, sensitive kid who is really good with his hands. Show him a picture of a Lego creation, and he can make it. He is really interested in making things. Recently, he drew a diagram of a treehouse he wants […]

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EDITORIAL: Give District 5 a voice


What is it going to take to temporarily fill the District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners? For 20 months the seat has been open. Lee May, the elected District 5 commissioner, was appointed interim DeKalb County CEO by Gov. Nathan Deal in July 2013, following the indictment and suspension of DeKalb […]

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